Today is an exciting day, because the final post-production of the album I recorded over break is being completed, meaning it is finally done. I am both excited and nervous, and have been unable to think of much else today (and am still waiting for the phone call from the studio, which means there is still the chance a freak fire could burn it down and I would lose my work). The last week I have been without a single audio copy of the album, so I am excited to hear it with fresh ears and decide if I made something worthwhile or something that completely sucks.
At any rate, the title of the album is "Inversions" and the name I choose to record under is "Pacificaä." I choose this recording name because it fit with the theme under which the music itself was recorded. Firstly, the Pacific Ocean obviously is representative, to some degree, of my new home, and my experience swimming in the ocean earlier this semester was fairly spiritual/revelatory and I have had many vivid dreams about it. Secondly, there is water in the ocean, and there are many water references on this cd, lyrically and musically. Finally, Pacific does in the end mean peaceful, which has absolutely nothing to do with the cd, but I decided to add a level of pretentiousness by giving Pacifica (already a band name, according to Myspace) the extra "ä," thereby demanding people take the music really really seriously (something of a joke, I suppose, although I am a very pretentious person).
I will, at a later point, write a lengthy note regarding the process by which one records an album in one's basement. Until then, here is the track-listing, which would be exciting if the album were being released following live performances of (any of) the songs, but is actually meaningless instead.
2. Render (Section 5)
3. In Waves
4. Chernobyl, Part 1
5. Viper (Section 18)
6. The River and the Sea
8. The Leviathans (Connect Revision)
10. Chernobyl, Part 2
Here is what we can decipher from this tracklisting:
1. I have ripped off Neutral Milk Hotel and named two songs the same thing, with one being part 1 and the other part 2.
2. I have ripped off Radiohead and placed pretentious and seemingly meaningless additional song titles in parentheses.
3. I have a hyphenated first track, which is actually two songs on one track, but they blend together into one song.
4. I have followed through on my promise to name a song "The River and the Sea," which I have been promising myself I should do since spring 2007.
5. I have mysteriously given two songs "Section" numbers. There is a reason for this. When writing portions of those two songs, I was in need of some sort of heavy guitar riff. I recorded myself playing guitar for an extended period of time (like 15 minutes) while I fiddled around with heavy guitar riffs. The most important parts of each song (the bridge of Render and the coda of Viper) came from this session, with the 5th guitar part played being incorporated into Render and the 18th (there were 21 total "sections") being used in Viper.
6. Track 8, The Leviathans, is not the same song as a 2008 song I wrote called The Leviathan, which was performed by Inverness (www.myspace.com/invernessmusica
) and was 10 minutes long. This new version of the track, however, is made up entirely of parts from other songs I have written, all the way back to freshmen year of high school. These other songs include The Cathedral, Connect, and a few tracks I made demos of during Freshmen-Sophomore summer.
7. The oldest song on the album is Tundra, which was written in the fall of 2005.
8. The song Navigator originally was titled Navigator-Locomotive, but the portion of the song known as Locomotive was dropped, and along with it the references to trains. Since track 3 mentions trains in depth, this was eliminated to avoid confusion.
I'll post the lyrics because I'm bored.
I don't know when I'll be able to give copies to people, but it should be in the next 2 weeks at the most.